Samsung and LG have both renewed their rivalry in the flagship smartphone segment with their latest Galaxy S8 and LG G6 devices respectively. Both are equally excellent phones, flaunt new-age design theme and comes equipped with the latest hardware feature and software. Both are a notch higher than their immediate predecessors and both are designed in a way that has been able to overcome the looming drawbacks of the Galaxy Note 7 and LG G5. You might end up in a dilemma while determining whether to buy Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6, both being tough competitors with near to similar features. The following evaluation of both the smartphones may prove to be of help to you.
One of the smartest looking phones in the market, Galaxy S8 is a class apart where the sleek factor is concerned. The curve of the Infinity Display provides 83 percent screen-to-body ratio as it takes most of the front. It is higher than LG 6’s 80 percent. Although LG G6 is definitely no less of a looker with its glass back, rounded corners with metal frames, it just isn’t as dynamic as the S8.
Also, S8 is thinner than the G6 which packing in a bigger display of 5.8 inches compared to the 5.7 inches of the G6. Also, S8 is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 while the G6 comes covered with Gorilla Glass 3. The G6, however, scores some brownie points as its fingerprints sensors are placed below the lens, at the back of the phone as compared to the very awkward placement of the same in the S8, right next to the camera. You end up smudging the lens more often on the S8 than in the G6.
So far as color is concerned, G6 again loses points as it is available in only two colors of Black, and Ice Platinum, whereas the Samsung phones come in Midnight Black, Arctic Silver as well as Orchid Grey. So in all, S8 proves to be but an obvious head turner compared to the G6.
Both the phones are extremely fast performers where speed is concerned featuring real-life usages. That comprises of launching apps, scrolling through web contents and taking snaps, to name a few. The S8 features Snapdragon 835 chipset whereas G6 is equipped with the Snapdragon 821. On Geekbench 4 for measuring the overall performance of the phone, the Galaxy S8 notched 6,294 whereas the G6 stood at 4,073. Even on 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, the S8 beat with 36,508 compared to the G6’s 29,611.
Further, the Galaxy S8 offers double the standard storage as offered by G6 with 64 GB to start with and also provides Micro SD expansion. S8 is equipped with lower capacity 3000 mAh battery compared to the 3300 mAh of G6 but the VR performance of the former is much more efficient than the later which consequently results in longer life of the battery. Here also S8 is a clear winner.
The LG G6 has dual 13 MP camera on the rear of the phone and one of the lenses is equipped to capture extremely impressive wide angled shots and also provides 2x optical zoom features. In comparison, the S8 features a 12 dual MP camera on the back of the phone with faster autofocus as well as good low-light performance. However having only single-lens set-up, one is devoid of optical zoom.
Where the front camera is concerned, one can snap away good wide angled selfies with the 5 MP camera on the G6. In comparison, the front camera of the S8 is far sharper the G6 at 8 MP which offers best image qualities especially when one is clicking in low light. Where the cameras are concerned, G6 surely does bring in more versatility to the table.
The LG G6 has a 5.7 inches LCD screen along with a quad-HD 2880 x 1440 resolution. As already explained, it has an 80 percent body-to-screen ratio which translates into an 18:9 aspect ratio. G6 also supports Dolby version as well as HDR.
The Galaxy S8 comes equipped with a slightly bigger 5.8-inch display. It also has better resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. S8 too supports HDR and comes with AMOLED technology. The result is richer colors and better black levels than G6.
As such, although the G6 offers a beautiful display, S8 is bigger in size, offers higher resolution as well as richer colors.
Other special features
Samsung S8 is equipped with a digital voice assistant Bixby and the Samsung Connect app is also another special utility app which enables the users to control multiple smart home devices from a single app. The S8 also has Google Assistant which is the Google’s answer to Cortana, Bixby and Siri. LG G6 stands out only with its dual cameras, which is really not that big a deal.
Although Samsung Galaxy S8 does seem to be the stronger smartphone when compared to the LG G6 with its special features, stunning beauty, and stronger performance, the fact is that the LG G6 is not very far behind. In the end, it is really a question of a personal choice as to whether you wish to go for the winner that the S8 is or would like to strike a different chord and opt for the G6.